Transferring / 転校生
Short Films sometime they are simply the best! They have a special place in my movie-loving heart because they are so swift in their attacks to the heart and usually leave you with a hole that will for sure leave you dreaming about the different scenarios in which you could take the story! And this one in particular is…WAIT A DAMN MINUTE! IS THAT…?!
Why of course it is!!! The ever lovely Aoi-chan!!! In all seriousness, I don’t think I have watched a Celeb’s works as many as I have seen hers! She’s like, in my brain, in my face, in my eyes…as Dakota would put it!
When I finally recognised her I was like, she looks young though, what gives?! Turns out that this Short Film was made way back in 2012!!! That’s like, even before SCHOOL GIRL COMPLEX!!!
Yeah, I just totally failed once again! I think I should change my name to Black Fail Gekikara at this rate!
As for what this Short 20min film is all about, just like it says on the tin, this is about a Transfer Student – Risa (Matsuda Riko) who transfers to Yoko’s (Aoi-chan) school! With only that the movie had my complete attention because we all know the trope! The Transfer Student will get close to the main character and so on and so forth!
But what hits right in the FEELs is that this transfer is not permanent! In fact this is the shortest transfer period I have ever heard! Yoko was in this school for just a week!!!! Like, what even!!!!
What makes that really hit hard is the fact that you never think it was that short! I mean, no one could have imagined such a short stay in the first place so no one was prepared when we hear it in the end but that’s just scratching the surface!
I am not sure what the deal is with Yoko’s situation but she isn’t close with her classmates despite her looks (maybe it is because of them?!) So when Risa comes to the school Yoko is already all alone so that made sense that she would seek out to befriend the new girl!
Only the new girl is not like other transfer students because she is not looking to make friends! In fact she makes it known first thing that she is not going to get close to anyone and she doesn’t even try!
This attitude makes you wonder but eventually, due to Yoko’s persistence, they get close but just when things are looking up, just after that cute scene where Risa made an effort to ask Yoko out on a date to go watch the movie based off the books she had been reading all this time, something that seems quite personal to her, of course the climax happens!
Suddenly Risa is acting strange and later on the way home she cancels their date which of course means a falling out and we are all left like, really!?!
Next day in class we find out why! Risa is already moving and she would not have made it to the day of the date even she she wanted to and now we know that she moves very often even if this was the shortest period she had stayed in the same place.
We now know what she never wants to get close to anyone when she transfers schools! Imagine making new friends only to always say goodbye to them!
Yeah, only Akemi Homura can relate!
As you might expect that hit Yoko hard and worse still is the fact that the time she finds out what was going on is the time that Risa has to leave, meaning that she did not even get time to make up with her before she left…or did she!?!
You see, there is this ting of theirs where Yoko reverse psyched Risa’s words of telling her to stay away “Do not follow me” into actually meaning the opposite, which is how they got close in the first place, by Risa following Yoko to her home after countlessly pestering her with her own words!
When Risa is giving her goodbye speech to the class and she had finished saying why she doesn’t try to get close to people, she turns to Yoko and says “That’s why you should not follow me” before leaving the school!
But as she leaves the school, and as you might expect, she cries, probably the first time in a long while she hard, and the movie ends by her turning around as if someone was following her!
Yeah, definitely not Yoko doing their thing and actually following Risa on the contrary!
Yeah, tots FEELs in here!!!
Like, talk about a treasure trove of fan fiction ideas to accompany this story! You can write one that fills in the gaps during their time together or write countless routes that the ending could have taken!
Yeah sure the end result is still Risa leaving but the possibilities of what happens before they had to go…
Yeah, I miss writing fiction!
Anyway, jump over for the translated YouTube link and the DL.